„Labakie brauc! The best are driving!“ – with this slogan we were greeted at our first event this year in Latvia, where Klasika‘s antique cars were shown. On a Saturday morning, May 14th, in a five-car column we traveled towards the border of Latvia and went straight to Salaspilis, where we were warmly welcomed. Although we came earlier than planned, the time passed very quickly: an orchestra was playing, „Old Cars Club“ treated us with coffee and snacks. Even the very first awards took place during the exhibition. Later, just like during a rally, we moved towards Bauske in the interval of a minute. We also received an interesting mission – during our trip we calculated street signs and orientated on the road. Half way to the destination, participants had a task to drive on a ramp in a VAZ 2102. We did pitty the Lada, which was driven by everyone and suffered a lot, however the task itself was a great challenge even for the most experienced drivers. Afterwards, equipages drove in a group by the Bauske castle. We parked our cars, ate and were escorted to an excursion. When the evening approached, our trip ended at a countryside farmstead on the shore of Musa, near Uzvara. This place was also special due to the antique technology museum and etnographic homestead full of old-fashioned tools and technology.
The event left a strong impression, especially due to great organization, ordeliness and how well every participant was treated. For this meeting with our neighbors Latvians, we are thankful to Egidijus Minskas, who together with his family joined us in Birzai and drove with us throughout the whole event.